Today's best NHL prop bet picks & predictions for today, Sunday 2/18:The big names come through

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There are just 3 games in the NHL on Sunday highlighted by the Rangers-Islanders Stadium Series game at MetLife Stadium. The outdoor element gives this otherwise quiet slate of hockey a little bit more intrigue. The action begins at 3PM ET followed by the Coyotes visiting the Avalanche and the Kings visiting the Penguins, both at 6 PM ET. These are an important 2 points to each team suited up so we will see their best effort. If you can get the obligations out of the way early, this will be a great afternoon and evening of hockey.

You can find out our 2 best NHL player prop bets below, but make sure you also read our NHL predictions for today’s game.

Artemi Panarin, NYR, Over 0.5 goals (+130)

The Rangers had a tough 3-6-2 run in January, but have since won 6 straight by a combined 14 goals. That is an average win by 2.33 goals. This team is getting the job done right now and to no surprise, Artemi Panarin is a big reason why. He leads the team in goals with 31, in assists with 40, and in points with 71 in 54 games played. His 71 points are also good for T-6th in the NHL.

Panarin has 4 points in his last 3 games and 8 points during this current 6-game winning streak. During this rivalry game with all eyes on it being an outdoor game, look for Panarin to come out with a little pep in his step. The Rangers are the better team in this game and Panarin is arguably the best player on the ice. He gets the best odds in this game to score and given his recent form, solid matchup, and big stage, the +130 is good value for him to do so.

Read our full analysis of Sunday’s 3-game NHL slate.

Nathan MacKinnon, COL, Over 1.5 points (-130)

It feels odd to have -130 odds for a player to collect a minimum of 2 points. But that is how good Nathan MacKinnon has been this year. His 32 goals are 5th in the NHL, his 57 assists are 3rd in the NHL, and his 89 points are 2nd in the NHL. MacKinnon has racked up those 89 points in 55 games played. That is an average of 1.62 points per game. For any offense this team generates, there is a good likelihood that MacKinnon was involved.

Nathan MacKinnon and the Avalanche get a favorable matchup on Sunday as they host the Coyotes. Arizona is winless in their last 8 games and having really struggled to keep the puck out of the net. The Coyotes have put up a good fight against the Avalanche this year as they have beat Colorado in 2 out of their 3 head to head games. This time around, they are in their worst form of the season and are very vulnerable in goal prevention. Another 2+ points for MacKinnon would not be remotely surprising.

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